You share your most intimate secrets with your search engine without even thinking: medical, financial and personal issues, along with all the day to day things that make you, well, you. All of that personal information should be private, but on Google it’s not.
Interesting, read the whole thing. Admittedly the article is a promo for DuckDuckGo however it still contains some serious, thought provoking information.
The amount of data that Google collects on all of us, which is mostly hidden from us, is staggering. It is creepy and if you think about it frightening. Facebook does much the same thing but that is another story. Should we be worried? Can we trust these huge companies? Or more accurately can we trust the integrity of the thousands of people who work there? Sadly recent news reports indicate that perhaps we shouldn’t trust them.
I have been using DuckDuckGo on and off for several months. For the most part the basic search results are just as good as Google. However it does not have nearly as many ads and does not return as many business listings. It does not have the nice extras, like the map, that Google provides. And the name…DuckDuckGo. Really? What’s up with that? It may not be creepy like what Google does to us but it is embarrassing.
Another supposedly more secure and private alternative I have been using is the Brave web browser. It works well, blocks most ads, so it loads quickly. the only negatives so far are that some sites refuse to work if you do not allow them to serve you adds and take your data via cookies. Some add-ons I like to use do not have a Brave extension.